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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Exercise Is Medicine.

why exercise is important to us...

The three major factors that influence our health and longevity are genetics, the environment and behaviour. Because we have very little control over genetic factors, it is critical that we focus on the environmental and behavioural factors we can control to improve health.

Where as great strides have been made in reducing the environmental factors influencing disease, such as through vaccinations, hygiene and safety regulations, little has been done to target behavioural factors such as physical inactivity.

The beneficial relationship between exercise and health has been well known dating back to the 5th century BC, when Hippocrates said that "Eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise... work together to produce health".

This relationship has been further defined by years of scientific research that shows a clear correlation between physical activity and health status. That is, those individuals who maintain an active and fit way of life live longer and healthier lives than those who do not.

There is clear scientific evidence proving the benefit of regular physical activity on both the primary and secondary prevention of diabetes, hypertension, cancer (particularly breast and colon cancer), depression, osteoporosis and dementia. Furthermore, regular physical activity has been shown to be essential in achieving and maintaining weight control.

Finally, there is a clear correlation between physical activity and all-cause mortality.Without a doubt, exercise really is medicine and, in fact, it can be seen as the much needed vaccine to prevent chronic disease and premature death.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Proton Exora

*our future Proton MPV.Picture taken from: http://proton-mpv-view.blogspot.com/



PETALING JAYA: There were several hundred blind bookings nationwide for Proton’s first multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), the Proton Exora, when it officially opened for sale yesterday.
Although Proton has not released official pictures of the first national MPV, it did not work against the sales.
Proton managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir was confident that the Proton Exora, priced at below RM80,000, would excite the MPV market at its launch in April.
“The timing to introduce the Exora is good.
“People think everything looks gloomy with the current economy situation but we’re taking the opportunity to create an excitement in the market and also for our company,” he said.
“In a depressed market like this, we are happy to offer an alternative for the public to choose a more affordable car,” he added.
Syed Zainal said it was their strategy to offer a car that was competitive in price, in that it was value for money rather than cheap.
The Proton Exora will be exported to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore in July.
“We hope to target about 4,000 to 5,000 bookings before the launch,” said Syed Zainal.
By end of this year, he said that the Exora would be exported to countries in West Asia.
The seven-seater MPV comes in five colours and is powered by the Campro 1.6 CPS engine.


I'm baffled to read in The Star today that some people have booked the Proton MPV without even looking at the real thing. Real patriotic or "kiasu"?I don't understand why they rush to book a car especially Proton cars.Will these car sold out?I doubt it especially with the current poor economy and Proton poor reputation with quality.There was an interview with Big M a while back (I think after the launch of the Savvy) where he suggested that Malaysians need to make 'sacrifices' with regard to the national car. This was in the context of complaints about the poor quality and I suppose he would also say that we should accept inferior specifications 'in the national interest'.
Many also think that the Proton MPV is cheap but they need to think long term especially in term of maintenance cost.That is why Perak government change their official Proton car to Toyota Camry and Sabah government is also planning to change their Proton cars to Volvo.I personally have Proton cars and I have many bad experiences with them.I will not get another Proton car in the future!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

meaningful email


When we are too busy with work and family;we always forget about many other things in life.A recent email from a friend which I find it very meaningful.Read through it slowly and think about it.Sure this will make life better for yourself and others.


Health:

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.

5. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer.

6. Play more games.

7. Read more books than you did in 2008.

8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

9. Sleep for 7 hours.

10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.


Personality:

11. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.

14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.

16. Dream more while you are awake.

17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

23. Smile and laugh more.

24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


Society:

25. Call your family often.

26. Each day give something good to others.

27. Forgive everyone for everything.

28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.

29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

30. What other people think of you is none of your business.

31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


Life:

32. Do the right thing!

33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

34. GOD heals everything.

35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

37. The best is yet to come.

38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.

39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Malaysian Sex Scandal.

Today there was another news on a video clip showing a couple having sex in an X-ray room in a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.It has become a hot topic after the recent bedroom photos of Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong.



Why there are so many sex scandals with sex video clips and nude pictures circulating around lately?Why are people so interested in other persons private life?Why people like to judge others wrong doing as though they are the holy and sin free persons.

Now is also a good time for many especially the politicians to show off their "holiness and their sin free characters" by condemning Elizabeth Wong.The worst media is probably TV3.

"I've done nothing wrong.I wish to state that I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and as a single person. I have broken no law".....TV3 8.00pm news highlighted on this Elizabeth's statement during her press conference.TV3 who devoted about 10 minutes portraying Elizabeth as a bad person.
On top of this TV3 also taken an extra effort to interview several parliamentarians on this controversy.As usual, most of our politicians only know how to talk c*ck.Who are they to judge?Shame on you...TV3!!


To those "holy men and holy politicians",there are something for you guys written in the bible.


John 8(New International Version)
1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11"No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin

Matthew 7
Judging Others 1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye

If we look at the whole text we can see that this is not a call not to judge, but a call to be careful and judge rightly.To first look at ourselves and then once we have examined our own sin, then we will be able to see clearly to look at the sin of others. Jesus is saying DON'T BE A HYPOCRITE!”

Know that you will be judged as you judge others, so judge rightly! Look first at your sin and do something about it...repent and be forgiven, and then you will understand that others also be given opportunity for repentance and forgiveness.

Related post:http://lifeisxtragreat.blogspot.com/2009/02/elizabeth-wong-nude-pictures.html

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Elizabeth Wong Nude Pictures!

The lastest politician to be hit by scandal recently is Elizabeth Wong whose nude pictures are said to be circulating online.Life is definitely not sweet and comfortable especially for politicians from the opposition camp.


This is part of the report from The Star online:
Nude pix scandal hits PKR rep
PETALING JAYA: Outspoken Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong lodged a police report at the Damansara police station here Sunday night over nude pictures of her that have been circulating online and via MMS.
Early unconfirmed reports say that the pictures were taken without her consent.
OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed confirmed a report was lodged and that police were investigating.
The pictures are believed to have been taken using a handphone, possibly before the general election last March
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Probably the pictures were secretly taken without her knowing.Just to be safe,I advise all politicians to take bath with the clothes on,changing clothes while hiding in the cupboard and sleep fully clothed covered by a thick blanket.Ha...ha...ha...better safe than sorry.


In the case of Karpal Singh intending to sue Sultan of Perak,I think one has to look back into our history why this case can happen today.Look at the way Umno politicians making multiple police reports and having many street demonstrations against Karpal Singh.Don't they know who has make changes to the law?They better read:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Malaysian_constitutional_crisis


From The Star:
Blame it on Mahathir, says Guan Eng
GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has blamed former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the uproar over Karpal Singh’s plan to sue the Sultan of Perak.
He said Karpal Singh, who is DAP chairman, was merely stating a matter of law that the Sultan could be taken to court.
Lim said it was Dr Mahathir who was behind the 1993 constitutional amendment that allowed Rulers to be stripped of their immunity from prosecution.
“If we look at history, the person who made this law is from Umno. If you want to place blame, then blame the Umno person who is responsible for the deed,” he told reporters before receiving a courtesy call from the Penang Bar Committee at his office in Komtar yesterday.




***In comparison, the constitutional crisis of 1993 arose from an ugly confrontation between Umno and the Rulers over a question that had direct and profound implications on their sovereignty and that of the Yang Dipertuan Agong. For good reason, the Head of State in most countries may not be prosecuted in an ordinary court of law. In 1993, the government campaigned to remove this immunity through amendments to the Constitution

In the event, Rulers and Parliament were railroaded by the government of the day and the amendments passed. These are the very same amendments which today make it legal for a Ruler to be prosecuted. Mr Karpal Singh, though I disagree with him, was acting well within rights that an Umno-led government enacted in 1993 when he earlier proposed to sue DYMM the Sultan of Perak.***



The above comment from Tengku Razaleigh in his website:http://razaleigh.com/2009/02/16/1993/


Related post:http://lifeisxtragreat.blogspot.com/2009/02/malaysian-sex-scandal.html



DON'T BEHAVE LIKE A CAVEMAN!!

Anti-Valentine Day





Valentine day is celebrated on 14 February as a symbol of love and romantic feeling. This day people celebrate as a lover expression day or valentines express their tender feeling towards their loved ones. People showed their love in form of giving gifts. Gifts could be any thing from simple flowers to perfumes, simple cards to expensive jewelry.



Valentine day remained a tradition in the Christian communities from age old tradition to celebrate "Love" and it is still continuing. It was very popular in western countries to have Valentine day celebration on 14th February every year. Young men and women desperately wait for this day to come so they can express their Love towards their Valentine. Slowly it spread to other regions and after some time it spread like wild fire and in its flame of love, it has engulfed the whole world.Therefore Valentine day is enjoyed differently by different people but one thing is common is expression of Love.


I will not celebrate Valentine day as I believe one can always express their love at any other days.Valentine day has been glamorised and publicise for commercial purpose.


You feel that you have to buy your girlfriend an impressive present or it means you don't care about her - and so you're forced into spending the excessive amounts of money they charge around this time of year for the traditional presents.It is for the business to make money from the public.The world is full of fools who think they can just buy a little stuffed animal & card & some lingerie to express their love!!

There are plenty of romantic things you can do that cost very little. Why give the companies the satisfaction - do something romantic and free.


Anyway,HAPPY VALENTINE DAY to those intended to celebrate it.


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Friday, February 13, 2009

Cruelty To Dogs

I received an email yesterday with shocking pictures on how dogs are killed for food.These pictures are taken in China.People from China,Korea and Vietnam do eat dog meat and for dog lovers,this is unacceptable.These heartless people who do eat dog meat probably never rear a dog in their life.These ruthless people will treat dogs as another source of food.They don't understand dogs also have feeling.Dogs are faithful and they are also human good companion.


These heartless human who eat dogs, take great delight in watching the poor animals die, wagging their tails in a last moment's desperate, but futile plea for mercy. It is believed the more the dog suffers in death, the better tasting the meat! You better believe it, they know how to make it prolonged and painful. Slow hanging and burning the hair off with propane torches is common practise. Cats receive equal treatment, shoved into sacs which are then smashed against brick walls until the poor animals are pulverized. Then they are liquefied in blender machines and sold as drinks.
Look at the floor...all red and stained with blood!!

Dogs are skinned alive, suffocated, hanged, bludgeoned, clubbed, or bled to death.

Dogs are used as food in some countries.I wonder if there are no other foods to eat?? The way these animals are treated is with cruelty and abuse. Most often these animals are either boiled alive, skinned alive or beaten to death in a sack.
Everyday, countless thousands of dogs (many former pets) are inhumanely caged, beaten, tortured, killed and butchered, often times publicly, to feed the Chinese demand for dog meat.

The dogs are kept in a small and crowded cage waiting to be butchered!!
Even the young puppies are not spared!!When there are demands and money to be made,young or old will be killed.



Dogs are often caged tightly and kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions until butchered.


Dogs are purposely slaughtered in front of other dogs, to increase their fear and stress level- as this is supposed to enhance the flavor and increase the adrenaline in their meat, which according to Chinese folklore, boosts virility. Actual physical torture and bleeding them out slowly, are other routine methods used for this purpose.
Dogs skinned....
Imagine how stressful are the remaining dogs looking at the skinned dead dog hanging in front of them..what a mental torture!!


Dogs are frequently kept in cages outside of restaurants and markets until selected for slaughter, at which time, it is common for this to occur in public view, right on the street.




Looking at the "death platform".Look at the dog expression...he looks so sad!!



Waiting for his time...sad and helpless look.


These barbarians only look for money.They will do anything just to get more money.These bastards are the worst kind of human beings on earth.May they be burnt in hell!!The customers are equally guilty.If there is no demand then there will not be supply.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Running in A Hazy Environment


The air quality was not that good for the past few days.There was not much sunlight and the visibility was not that good.I did not run for past 2 days and I decided to try running this morning even though I knew the air quality was not good.I wonder why there wasn't any news on the poor air quality in the newspaper.Instead there are plenty of news on politics,"frogs",demonstrations etcs.

Seems like health issues are not important to the government until there are some deaths reported.As usual they always have the wait and see attitude or never be bother attitude.

I think the haze is coming back like previous years.I can see there are more cases of respiratory infections as the result of the dry and hazy weather.

The API reading for Seremban on 11/2/2009 was:

Seremban,Negeri Sembilan
51*(at 11am)
52*(at 5pm)
as reported byhttp://www.doe.gov.my/apims/

API/Status
0-50/Good
51-100/Moderate
101-200/Unhealthy
201-300/Very Unhealthy
>301/Hazardous

If you look at the status,it was classified as moderate for Seremban yesterday.I personally think it was much worse than that.If we will have to wait for API to reach above 100,many people will be 'suffocate to death' especially those young and elderly with medical conditions.Is the reading accurate?Well..you have to ask Department of Environment.

This is what DOE measure for their API(directly from their website):

Pengiraan IPU
Nilai IPU dikira berdasarkan kepekatan purata setiap pencemar udara iaitu SO2,NO2, CO, O3 dan PM10. Pencemar udara yang dominan dengan kepekatan tertinggi diambilkira sebagai pencemar yang akan menentukan nilai IPU. Pada lazimnya, kepekatan habuk halus (PM10) adalah yang tertinggi berbanding dengan pencemar yang lain dan ini menentukan bacaan IPU.
Nota * = Habuk Halus (PM10), c = Ozon (O3), a = Sulfur Dioksida (SO2), d = Karbon Monoksida (CO) , b = Nitrogen Dioksida (NO2) , & = Lebih daripada satu pencemar , # = Masalah Teknikal


So the air quality in Seremban yesterday mainly consist of PM10-habuk halus or fine particles.

Particulates, alternatively referred to as particulate matter (PM) or fine particles, are tiny particles of solid or liquid suspended in a gas. In contrast, aerosol refers to particles and the gas together.
Sources of particulate matter can be man made or natural. Some particulates occur naturally, originating from volcanoes, dust storms, forest and grassland fires, living vegetation, and sea spray.
Human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels in vehicles, power plants and various industrial processes also generate significant amounts of aerosols. Averaged over the globe, anthropogenic aerosols—those made by human activities—currently account for about 10 percent of the total amount of aerosols in our atmosphere.
Increased levels of fine particles in the air are linked to health hazards such as heart disease, altered lung function and lung cancer.
These diseases will manifest years later so we can't see the effect now except for maybe some episodes of cough or respiratory tract infections.


The human health effects of poor air quality are far reaching, but principally affect the body's respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. Individual reactions to air pollutants depend on the type of pollutant a person is exposed to, the degree of exposure, the individual's health status and genetics. People who exercise outdoors, for example, on hot, smoggy days increase their exposure to pollutants in the air.
The health effects caused by air pollutants may range from subtle biochemical and physiological changes to difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and aggravation of existing respiratory and cardiac conditions. These effects can result in increased medication use, increased doctor or emergency room visits, more hospital admissions and even premature death.

Air pollution is a serious matter but many don't pay much attention to it as they usually don't feel the immediate painful side effect from the poor air quality.

I think I will be running less now and most probably I have to run on my thread mill again if the air quality doesn't improve.

Better not take the risk or be sorry later.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pre-marathon assessment.

I have signed up for my first marathon,the Sundown Marathon in Singapore.http://lifeisxtragreat.blogspot.com/2009/01/adidas-sundown-marathon-2009.html
My wife is concern because she think I am too ambitious and worried if I can complete the whole race without injury.Some of my friends shared the same view of my wife.Occasionally I also have doubts on my own ability to run 42km especially during the tough part of my training long run or during some bad days.I know this is more of psychology of the mind or a form of defence mechanism of the human mind.
Here is a article to assess the preparation before embarking in a marathon.It is more like a self assessment and some sort of a screening test.


So you think you're ready to start training for a marathon, huh?Yes,I am ready.
The marathon is the longest and most difficult race most runners ever attempt. It's also the most popular. Almost anyone can complete a marathon, but whether they can complete it without injury and without great pain and sorrow is the real test.

Will you be one of those who just manages through, or one of the ones who finishes with a smile and a great outlook for the rest of the day? I think I am able to complete and I most probably be tired with body ache for the next few days.Finished with a smile?Yes,smile for the camera!!

How long have you been running?Almost one year.
Though many new programs have put new runners into marathons, this isn't what is advised. The general rule is that you need to have run regularly for 1 to 2 years before you begin training for a marathon.

Why the wait?
A marathon is approximately 52,400 foot strikes. This will tear away at your body, especially your joints. Your body needs to build up to this kind of abuse and a 26 week (or less) training program just doesn't suffice for most people's bodies to adapt properly.

How many miles have you been putting in?minimal 30km per week.
It is advisable to put in at least 20 miles/32km per week for several months before you start training for a marathon. The reasons are the same as those above. Your body needs time to adapt to the pounding that it will be taking. Be sure to run at least 5 mile/8km a week during this time on pavement, as that is likely to be what you are running on in the marathon. Training solely on a track or trail will cause you to hurt much worse after the marathon.


Have you done races before?Very few,only three 10km and one half marathon.
Before you get ideas of racing marathons, it's a good idea to try out a few smaller races, like 5ks or 10ks, even a half marathon (assuming you've trained for it). This is important because there are many new experiences that races bring that regular training does not. If you haven't raced before you start training, be sure to work some into your schedule. Your first race ever being a marathon is a surefire way to have a tough 26.2 miles/42km.


Do you have proper respect for the distance?definitely YES!!
It may not seem important, but a great way to get injured is to think you can just start running long distances without the proper time and effort. Just like speed takes years of training for many people, distance isn't something you just jump into. It's important to respect the distance (and your body) by allotting the time you really need. If you are looking for instant-gratification, try a 5k. Marathons are about patience, including before the starting line.


Have you thought about the conditions?yes and I think Sundown Marathon is the toughest of all.The reasons are in my previous posting.
It's important to think about what race you plan to do. Very hot or very cold weather is not a great marathon to start with. Your limiting your chances of finishing. The same could be said about a very hilly course or a course that is not beginner-friendly. (You may be amazed at the amount of races that are not for beginners.)


Have you talked to your doctor?No
This is especially important if you are going to ignore my advice about putting in a year or more of running regularly before you start training. Tell your doctor what your plan is, perhaps go over the training schedule you plan to do with him/her. They may suggest tests (like a cardiovascular stress test), give you an alternate plan, or just send you on your way to get started.


Have you done your research?Currently doing it.


Have you read some books on marathons? Hal Higdon http://lifeisxtragreat.blogspot.com/2008/12/full-marathon.html

Have you talked to people who have completed a marathon? Are those people still running regularly?Yes,my current running mate Mr.Yee.
(You might think twice about someone raving about their marathon experience if they stopped running afterward.) It's a good idea to get a lot of information before you start training. Analyze different training schedules and really think about how that training will affect your schedule. Be honest with yourself about whether you can do what is needed.

Consider why you are training.Training to complete a marathon within a decent timing.Definitely not for weight control purpose as I am already a thin person.

If your goal is weight loss, and you think that marathon training is the way to get there, you are probably headed down a path to injuries. While you may lose some fat while training for a marathon, marathons and dieting are a bad mix. Your body will need nourishment now more than ever. Eating healthier, but not having much of a calorie deficit, will help you tone up, and yes lose some, during marathon training, but your major focus needs to be completing the marathon in good health.

Seems like I am almost ready to participate in a marathon judging from the answer to all above questions.The only things lacking are: I have not done enough races,I have not been running regularly for 1-2 years before this and I have not see a doctor yet!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

42km

During my last Chinese New Year holidays,I met up with some friends and one of them asked me about my new interest in running.He was interested in running and I tried to answer a few questions about running.However when he asked me why marathon involved running a distance of 42km and not any other distance like 35km or 38km or even 50 km,I can't answer him.I think there must be a story or history behind 42km so I promised him I will find out why marathon is about running for 42km.I found out the actual distance is 26.2 mile or 42.195km.I wonder do the organiser really take the trouble to measure the distance accurately until the extra 195meter?

Here is the story of marathon:


The modern Athens Marathon commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C., bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("victory"), then collapsed and died, thereby setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.

When the modern Olympic games were inaugurated in 1896 in Greece, the legend of Pheidippides was revived by a 24.85 mile (40,000 meters) run from Marathon Bridge to Olympic stadium in Athens.

Traditionally the final event in the Olympics, the first organized marathon on April 10, 1896 was especially important to all Greeks. Greece was hosting those first modern Olympic Games. The Greeks had yet to win a medal, and had one final chance to bring glory to their nation.

Twenty-five runners assembled on Marathon Bridge. The starter mumbled a few words and fired the gun, and the race was on. "The excitement of the crowd waiting at the finish line at the newly constructed replica of Athens' ancient stadium was beyond description" writes the Greek historian Quercetani.

Spiridon Louis, a Greek postal worker from the village of Marusi and veteran of several long military marches, crossed the finish line a full seven minutes ahead of the pack. His time was 2 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds for the 40 kilometer distance (average pace of 7:11 minutes per mile). When it was all over nine runners finished, 8 of them Greeks. The host nation was ecstatic, and the marathon was born.

The United States was one of 9 nations at the 1896 Athens Olympics, thanks to sponsorship of athletes by the Boston Athletic Association. Middle distance runner Arthur Blake was the only American to enter the first marathon. Blake won a silver medal in the 1500 meters 3 days before the marathon but unfortunately this left him exhausted and he dropped out after about 14.5 miles. Planning for North America's first marathon began on the boat back to United States. The first annual Boston Athletic Association marathon was conducted on April 19, 1897, the date chosen to commemorate the famous ride of Paul Revere in 1775.

At the 1908 Olympic Games in London, the marathon distance was changed to 26.2 miles to cover the ground from Windsor Castle to White City stadium, with the 2.2 miles added on so the race could finish in front of royal family's viewing box. This added two miles to the course, and is the origin of the Marathon tradition of shouting "God save the Queen!" (or other words relating to the Queen) as mile post 24 is passed.

After 16 years of extremely heated discussion, this 26.2 mile distance was established at the 1924 Olympics in Paris as the official marathon distance.

Today, marathons have become a running tradition throughout the world.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Jumping Frogs In Perak.

*above picture from bodohland site.(click on picture to see the larger version)

How frogs can bring down a government?You can see what happened in Perak now as a good example on how low can our politicians go.These frogs were labelled as traitors and even one was labelled as double traitor!!

The public is cursing these frogs and I wonder how they can sleep well or go out in the future.

Even Sultan of Perak did not escape the cursing from Malaysians.If you wish to give a piece of your mind to the Sultan,you can do it here:http://books.dreambook.com/duli/duli.html.

Looking at those comments published in Sultan Perak's website ,you will know how unhappy is the general public.

I have nothing to say for these frogs!!

Politicians will always be the same....as I have said before:
NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN !!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Adistar Salvation first 100km and CNY

This Chinese New Year period was a good time for me to get some rest and to meet up with friends.I had lots of free time.I spent my time eating,sleeping,meeting with friends and running.There was no rush in doing time.I can start running late and ran for a longer distance than usual knowing that I had ample time to rest later part of the day.So I managed to run a total of 100km during my long break with my Adidas Adistar Salvation shoe.I can say this is the best shoe for me so far.


*This year gathering was at TKK's new house in S2.Turnout was lesser than previous years.Picture by Thomas.



*Gathering at FCY's house after a Lou Sang session in a restaurant together with our former school teacher.We spent the whole afternoon "talking and exchanging views on various topics".A very lively discussion!!ha..ha..ha..

Monday, February 2, 2009

Majlis Perbandaran Nilai,Dogs and Cats

I have just finished my Chinese New Year holidays and in good spirit until I read the following article in The Star this morning.



Now, Nilai council may impose licensing for cats


By SARBAN SINGH
SEREMBAN: Cat owners living in parts of Seremban and eight other sub-districts will be required to license them if authorities continue to get complaints that the felines are becoming a nuisance to neighbours.
Nilai Municipal Council (MPN) president Datuk Abd Halim Abd Latif said although there were no laws stating how many cats a person could own, it would have no qualms in formulating new legislation for it.
“We know some families keep too many cats and this has become a nuisance to their neighbours,” he said.
“If we get more complaints on this, we will not hesitate to introduce new provisions in our by-laws requiring them to license their cats.”
If implemented, the MPN would be the first local council in the country to have such a provision in their by-laws.
Abd Halim was commenting on complaints from residents on a new law requiring dog owners to get their neighbours’ written permission before they were allowed to keep them.
MPN had gazetted the new law – Dog Licensing By-laws 2008 – which came into force last month.
Those living in areas under the jurisdiction of the council such as parts of Rasah, Ampangan, Mantin, Nilai, Lenggeng, Pantai, Rantau, Labu and Senawang were affected by the move.
The MPN said those caught contravening provisions under the by-law can be fined up to RM1,000 or imprisoned for not more than six months or both.
Several residents’ associations had voiced displeasure over the new ruling as it was discriminatory because it only targeted dog owners.
Many felt there were residents who had up to 10 cats which caused them misery.
Asked how were neighbours who wished to own dogs were to get their neighbours’ written permission when they were not on talking terms, Abd Latif said they could always ap- proach the council and it would act as an intermediary to get the approval.
Asked whether the ruling on dog ownership would be extended to those living in the Seremban Municipal Council (MPS), Abd Latif said this would be possible after a merger between MPN and MPS takes place.






I think MPN is trying to pacified the public after receiving many complaints and bashing from dog lovers after introducing the discriminating laws against dogs recently.You can read it here:
http://lifeisxtragreat.blogspot.com/2009/01/majlis-perbandaran-nilai-ruling-against.html


The council president said they MAY imposed ruling against cats only after receiving many complaints.The word MAY means they can decide not to implement it later.It is use just to show MPN is acting fairly.More complaints?Can I know...more is how many?It is still back to their own decision not to act against cat owners.I am sure there are complaints against cats but MPN can just said they did not received any.



Since I am pissed off with their ruling,I am sending them a letter to voice out my dissatisfaction.
The letter:




Yg.Bhg.Dato’Hj.Abd.Halim b.Hj.Abd.Latif,
Yang Dipertua,
Maljis Perbandaran Nilai,
Nilai,
Negeri Sembilan.

Tuan,
Undang-Undang Terhadap Anjing.

Saya ingin menyampaikan rasa tidak puas hati saya mengenai undang-undang terbaru dari Majlis Perbandaran Nilai(MPN)terhadap anjing.

Pada pendapat saya:

1),undang-undang ini mendiskrimasikan pemilik anjing sahaja dan mempunyai unsur perkauman.
2)undang-undang ini akan menambahkan masalah ketegangan kaum di negara ini.
3)terdapat banyak haiwan pelihara seperti kucing serta ayam lembu yang berkeliaran serta mengotori kawasan perumahan.Apakah tindakan MPN dalam kes ini.?
4)anjing diperlukan untuk menjaga keselamatan rumah terutamanya terdapat banyak kes samun kebelakangan ini.

Oleh itu,saya berpendapat bahawa pihak tuan patut:
1) Bersikap adil dan saksama dalam menjalankan tugas.Undang-undang terhadap haiwan pelihara sepatutnya termasuk semua haiwan pelihara terutamanya kucing.
2) Mendapat pandangan dari pihak orang ramai dan persatuan penduduk serta NGOs sebelum membuat undang-undang baru.

Saya berharap pihak tuan bersikap adil dan tidak mengadakan undang-undang yang mendiskrimasikan kaum tertentu.

Saya ingin menegaskan supaya pihak tuan menghapuskan undang-undang diskrimasi terhadap anjing ini serta-merta.Sekiranya pihak tuan tidak dapat berbuat demikian maka pihak tuan patut bersikap adil supaya undang-undang ini meliputi kesemua haiwan pelihara yang boleh menganggu kesejahteraan jiran.


Sekian,terima kasih.



Foo Y Cheng,
(my address)
Negeri Sembilan.






I am sure MPN will not respond to my letter but I hope more people are willing to voice out their opinions or dissatisfaction so that the authority will "wake up" and not continue with their arrogant attitude.

I also feel disappointed talking to councillor Mr.Ganesan recently regarding this dog issue.He said he can't do much as the law has been pass by the EXCO and he suggested to write in to complaint.He himself has dogs at home and he asked me not to worry too much about this dogs ruling as it was meant for those staying in low cost area!(my impression of him:he can't do much as a councillor as he won't dare to speak up).

So I call up Mr.Gan,another councillor whom I have met before.He agreed with me and promise to bring up the issue with the council president after Chinese New Year.Well,I hope he can keep up with his promise.Politicians..will always be the same,plenty of promises but...